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To The Lighthouse By Virginia Woolf

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Today I’ll be talking about the novel To The Lighthouse published in 1927, by Virginia Woolf.

Set directly before and after World War I, the story follows the lives of a small group of people, (specifically Mr. Ramsay, Mrs. Ramsay, and Lily Briscoe) as they navigate through their daily lives each facing and striving to overcome their individual conflicts while in the Isle of Skye, of the Hebrides (a group of islands west of Scotland) on vacation. But before I go more in depth regarding this group of people and their struggles, I will first provide some context (plus my presentation wasn’t long enough).

The author Virginia Woolf was born into a upper-class English household in 1882 as ...view middle of the document...

This burden could also be affecting his personality and character negatively, him having been described throughout the novel as a rude, selfish, short-tempered tyrant.

In contrast to Mr. Ramsay, Mrs. Ramsay is a woman of great tolerance, a trait which stems greatly from her firm belief that men; burdened by the importance of their own work, need to seek out the comforts and assurances of women. And while such a belief definitely falls into the traditional gender boundaries and actions associated with a housewife, it’s presented in such a way that one understands the feelings of Mrs. Ramsay so well there’s not much one can find fault in. It is also because of this belief that she feels obliged to protect the entirety of the opposite gender. She even manages to tolerate Charles Tansley, a character nobody likes due to the fact he seems not to be satisfied when speaking to another “until he had turned the whole thing round and round and made it somehow reflect himself and disparage them”, in other words, he had twisted the previous topic until it became one related to himself.

As for Lily Briscoe, in the beginning of the novel she's portrayed as a vehement artist trying to finish her painting but lacks the confidence and resolve to accomplish her task (something made clear from her continuously remembering Charles Tansleys words insisting woman...

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